Khalifa University of Science and Technology offers Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant (GRTA) scholarships to support qualified international students enrolled in graduate programs.

The scholarship provides generous remuneration and benefits that include:

  • Full coverage of tuition fees.
  • Medical insurance coverage for students under the Khalifa University visa.
  • Support to attend international research conferences.
  • The indicative monthly stipend for GRTA Scholarship is as follows (subject to change):

Application Opening!

We will start taking applications starting November 1st, 2018 for the next intake in September 1st, 2019.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Ph.D. in Engineering) degree is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the taught courses and research components of the program. The students are required to complete a program of advanced courses in engineering. They are also required to carry out an independent investigation of a specialized area in engineering. Candidates for this degree are supervised by experienced researchers and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. The Ph.D. Candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in a variety of topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

A candidate applying to the program may opt to apply for a Ph.D. in Engineering with concentration/specializations in one of the engineering areas listed below or for an interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Engineering (i.e., with no one specialization):

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Systems and Management
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Robotics

The title of the degree and the selected concentration will be specified on the diploma (certificate) and academic record (transcript) of the students who opt for a particular specialization. However, for students who prefer to pursue an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary form of research, which is highly encouraged as it allows them to expand the boundaries of their research across multiple fields, only the title of the degree will be stated on the diploma and transcript of the student.


Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The Ph.D. in engineering program aims to produce graduates with the disciplinary preparation and ability to:

  1. Synthesize scientific and technical engineering knowledge to identify, formulate and solve research challenges, and effectively disseminate the results to a variety of audiences.
  2. Work across multiple disciplines and develop their individual academic, professional and career focus.
  3. Keep abreast of the latest advances in science and engineering that contribute to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of society.

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are comprehensive, broad statements pertinent to the knowledge, skills, and aspects of competence that a learner is expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. Students graduating with a Ph.D. in Engineering will have the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge that is at the frontier of their disciplines and areas of specialization.
  2. Conduct and defend original independent research that results in significant contributions to knowledge in the field and leads to publishable quality scholarly articles.
  3. Understand and value diverse methodologies and techniques for solving critical problems in research.
  4. Verify, justify and evaluate the various aspects of the solution to a complex engineering problem.
  5. Communicate effectively and professionally, in written and oral forms, the major tenets of their field and their work to a variety of audiences.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to ethical behavior in research and professional activities.
  7. Contribute effectively in multidisciplinary collaborative environments.

Overall Structure and Requirements

The Ph.D. in Engineering degree program consists of two main components:

  • Taught Courses Component: the student is required to complete a program of advanced study. This consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours (8 courses of 3 credit hours each).
  • Research Component: the student is required to carry out an independent investigation in a particular area of engineering. This consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours.

For the award of the Ph.D. in Engineering degree, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Courses: The student must satisfy the taught courses required of the program, which consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours that must be passed with a minimum CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 3.00 out of 4. This also includes two zero-credit Ph.D. Research Seminar courses.
  2. Written Qualifying Exam (WQE): The technical background of the student will be assessed by a written qualifying exam, which is administered no later than the end of the 2nd regular semester after a full-time student admission into the Ph.D. program, and before the end of the 4th semester in the case of a part-time student.
  3. Research Proposal Examination (RPE): In addition to satisfying the taught courses and WQE requirements of the program, the student is required to prepare and submit a research proposal and to pass the oral RPE before being allowed to progress further in the program. This oral exam should be completed before the end of the 4th semester for full-time students and before the end of the 6th semester for part-time students.
  4. Dissertation: The student who passes the Research Proposal Examination must then complete a dissertation on original research and defend it successfully in a viva voce Dissertation Defense Examination.

Summary of the Ph.D. in Engineering Program Structure and Requirements


Credit Hours Required

Program Core


Program Electives


Ph.D. Research Seminars


Ph.D. Research Dissertation




Program taught in:
  • English

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